Nov 8-12, 2018

Regarding Susan Sontag

Directed by Nancy D. Kates

Run Time: 100 Minutes USA Language: English


Regarding Susan Sontag is an intimate investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the twentieth century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation.

Nancy Kates’ thoughtful documentary explores Sontag’s life through evocative experimental images, archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues and lovers, as well as her own words, read by actress Patricia Clarkson. From her early infatuation with books and her first experience in a gay bar, from her marriage in adolescence to her last lover, the film is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness and terrorism still resonate today. The Stranger called the film a “poignant, intimate, surprisingly entertaining documentary. What comes through most is Sontag’s inhuman intelligence even in the face of death; the story of her outsmarting doctors who gave her a month to live (she went on to live for decades) is unforgettable.”

Film Details

Director: Nancy D. Kates
Screenwriters: Nancy D. Kates, John Haptas
Cinematographer: Sophia E. Constantinou
Editor: John Haptas
Music: Laura Karpman, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
Running Time: 100 minutes

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